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Barcelona: La Vida Literaria (1903?). 95pp. Six issues of a series dedicated to an assortment of pseudo-scientific examinations of sexual subjects. In addition to explanations of the causes of impotency, uses of aphrodisiacs, prohibited sexual positions and problems associated with celibacy, two issues include an extensive analysis of homosexuality: "diferencias entre el pederasta y el homosexual.-el amor homosexual en Francia- una practica repugnante de los Templarios-la pederasta en Turquia....sodomia en Italia, China....un defensor de los pederastas." Generally very good in lightly worn wrappers, some browning to covers. The series resembles that produced in Paris around the same time by the Librairie des connaissances médicales.
Amsterdam and Paris: Aux depens d'une Socièté d'Amateurs [Marcel Seheur]. (1936). This uncommon and controversial text on pederasty bears an introduction by "Bramatos." The illustrations however are missing in this copy. Pia 12. One of 250 hand numbered copies, this example #26. Very good in original salmon colored wrappers and contemporary 3/4 leather binding. Quite uncommon.
Paris: Jules Gay (1861). 78pp. The first appearance in French of this disquisition on the authorship and history of infamous pederastic treatise, Alcibiade fanciullo a scola. The publisher, Jules Gay, issued the rare text in Italian and in French several years later and was condemned for the book in 1868. The present edition was translated by M. Gustav Brunet, who has added a "postface" and notes containing a vast amount of material on the subject of pederasty and sodomy. Ashbee (Index) 29. Not listed in Pia. One of 254 numbered copies (#7). Uncommon. A good copy in contemporary 1/2 leather boards with decorative spine and marbled endpapers, front and rear hinges cracked, small portion of lower spine missing. Uncommon.
Amsterdam: F. van Rossen (1908). 78pp. Aletrino was a prolific Dutch writer and a lecturer on criminal anthropology in Amsterdam and was one of the earliest Dutch advocates of homosexual rights, widely respected in his field. In 1903 he visited Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin and discusses his observations in Hermaphrodisie en uranisme. See Bleys, The Geography of Perversion: Male-To-Male Sexual Behavior Outside the West. Very god in original wrappers, small signature on front cover, light sunning to edges, light spotting to foredge.
NP: ND (1931). This important and explicit gay novel about the love between two men appeared anonymously in 1931 in a small edition of only 90 numbered copies (this is #27). The author, a close friend of André Gide, lived in Carcasonne for most of his life and published several other books of poetry, but this work is his rarest and most explicit. Published by the famed publisher of erotic texts, René Bonnel, and with an explicit engraved frontispiece by the Catalan artist Pere Créixams, the work has been described as one of the great treasures of erotic literature. Quite rare, with the original erotic frontispiece laid in. A near fine copy in green wrappers. Pia 1283.
Berlin: Fischer (1895). The first edition of this cult classic (The Garden of Knowledge"), published when the author was only 19 years old. Leopold von Andrian zu Werburg (1875–1951) was an Austrian noblemen and the largely autobiographical novel tells the story of a young noblemen struggling with his homosexuality. Andrian's novel crystalizes the crisis of identity experienced by Austrian artists and intellectuals at the fin de siècle and was admired by Hugo von Hoffmanstahl and Stefan George. A very good copy in original wrappers, covers lightly worn and browned.
Paris, Vendome, 1934. 83pp. One of the odder Vendome publications, generally noted for its scandalous publications with enticing covers. Very good in brown wrappers, light wear to cover.
[Paris 1899].16pp. The Victorian-era erotic pamphlet detailing the exploits of twelve year old Maud and her incestuous relationship with her father. The tale is set on a Southern plantation with twelve slaves, some of whom are eventually led into the erotic entanglements of young Maud. The story ends with her father engaged in carnal intercourse with her and one of the male slaves simultaneously. Very good in original pale green wrappers, light sunning to edges. The work is quite rare, with no institutional copies and only a passing reference [P35] in Mendes (Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English 1800-1930: A Bibliographical Study).
Paris (1939). An issue of the bi-monthly libertarian newspaper, edited by E. Armand (pen name of Lucien-Ernest June) that advocated for sexual freedom. Contributors included Eugène Bizeau, Madeleine Pelletier and Han Ryner. Included in this issue is a sympathetic article by Jean Boileau entitled "Notes pour une étude sur l'uranisme." Covers a bit yellowed, but otherwise good.
Paris: La Renaissance du livre . 173pp. A collection of short prose works by the author of the highly regarded gay novel, Platoniquement, with a preface by Maurice Rostand. The author (1898-1927) was one of the principal collaborators with Fersen in his review Akademos and also the short-lived review Inversions. His legacy is maintained today by an association of the friends of Axieros, who publish a gay cultural magazine, Inverses: littératures, arts, homosexualités. Good in rather worn paper boards, occasional light spotting, one endpaper neatly excised. Quite uncommon.
Dresden: E. Piersons Verlag (1901). 161pp. An early German novel with a strong undercurrent of homosexuality, wherein the protagonist strives for "high ideals" and exaggeratedly rejects females "before it degenerates into unnatural passion". Baron Baillou published several books on esthetics and philosophy, but is largely unknown. Very god in contemporary marbled boards, wear and short tears to linen spine. Quite rare.